Travel / Tourism

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort cultivates its own organic rice

Views - 0 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort celebrated its latest farming initiative with a traditional Vap Magula ceremony

Sri Lanka Tourism and Pro-Am Serendib to promote active sports tourism

Views - 0 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism and Pro-Am Serendib Ltd. are all set to bring the world’s number one multi-sport event brand IRONMAN to Sri Lanka

Delegates of CITYNET 2017 on Colombo City Tour

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Delegates of 2017 CityNet Congress representing 138 member cities experienced Sri Lanka’s premier city, Colombo

Sri Lanka roadshow in Perth to attract Australian tourists

Views - 61 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

Perth: With a growing focus on the Australian market the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) has commenced a series of events that will span an entire week. Beginning in the Western Australia capital of Perth the first of three travel trade ro

“Child goes free” to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific

Views - 23 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

Cathay Pacific Airways announced a special, limited period offer to Hong Kong wherein a child accompanying two adults travels free. Only taxes and surcharges on the child ticket has to be paid. Included in this offer are attractive adult fares from C

Airbnb acquires Accomable to offer home rentals for disabled travellers

Views - 11 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Airbnb has acquired London startup Accomable to expand home-renting opportunities for people with disabilities, the latest expansion as Airbnb grows its global travel business. The deal includes adding to the Airbnb website A

Qatar Airways doubles weight allowance for transporting domestic pets as baggage

Views - 13 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

Qatar Airways has more than doubled the weight allowance for domestic pets to travel on the same flight as their owners as checked-in baggage, by increasing the weight limit for pets and their containers from 32kgs to a much more generous 75kgs. The

Lankan’s photograph of African lionesses captivates world

Views - 42 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

A Sri Lankan won the Grand Prize at the world’s preeminent nature photography competition. Lakshitha Karunarathna’s photo of a pride of huddling African lionesses was the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice Awards h

SriLankan and Qantas provide more options to connect with new Melbourne service

Views - 22 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, which last month launched daily non-stop services to Melbourne, is providing its valued passengers with a wide range of options to connect and fly to major cities in Australia and New Zealand, by expanding its codeshare agreement

‘MS MEIN SCHIFF 01’ makes debut arrival to Colombo Port

Views - 69 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

‘MS. MEIN SCHIFF 01’ made her graceful port of call at Colombo Port from Mumbai, on 13 November. MS. MEIN SCHIFF 01 passenger ship belongs to TUI Cruises and started her journey from Europe via Suez Canal in Egypt

Aitken Spence Travels partners TUI to bring 12 charter flights from the UK

Views - 44 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

Aitken Spence Travels is attracting the only charter flight operation from the UK to Sri Lanka this season, with 12 flights scheduled to land from 14 November to 30 April 2018. The charter operated by TUI UK will see a Thomson

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India and Ideal Resorts bring Club Mahindra to Sri Lanka

Views - 67 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

Founded in 1996, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL) is the leisure and hospitality arm of the Mahindra Group,

Prime Minister champions rescue of Yala

Views - 127 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

In a press release titled ‘Yala sacrificed, once again, for local political gain’, the authors called on the Prime Minister to intervene in the chaos that had been caused by the untimely reopening of Yala,

Cathay Pacific Group to roll out inflight Wi-Fi across its wide-body fleet from mid-2018

Views - 11 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce high-speed Wi-Fi to its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets from mid-2018, in response to its customers’ growing demand for inflight connectivity.

Walkers Tours to conduct Chauffeur Guide Training Program

Views - 54 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

A Chauffeur Guide Training Program is conducted annually, since 2016 by Walkers Tours, a premier destination management company in Sri Lanka

Owl and the Pussycat Hotel: ‘Most Instagrammable Hotel’ award winner by SLH 2017

Views - 39 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

The Owl and the Pussycat Hotel has won the ‘Most Instagrammable Hotel’ award at the Small Luxury Hotels Awards 2017

Marriott International says Sri Lanka is a new frontier for global brand

Views - 80 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

Marriott Hotels, the iconic flagship brand of Marriott International, announced the opening of Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, marking Marriott International’s first hotel in enigmatic Sri Lanka.

Amagi Hotels debuts new brand: Aria

Views - 58 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Amagi Hotels has announced a brand new look for its Negombo property, located alongside the Negombo lagoon. Previously known as Amagi Lagoon Resort and Spa, the hotel then comprised of 21 standard rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a banquet hall.

SLITHM looking to raise hospitality training to world- class standards

Views - 137 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Tourism authorities are working towards uplifting Sri Lanka’s hospitality training to world class standards through collaboration with foreign institutions.

Booming demand prompts Qatar Airways to upgrade Maldives flights with Airbus A350

Views - 32 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Qatar Airways has become the first airline to fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to the Maldives.

Srilal to speak at Zagreb Tourism Congress

Views - 24 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Hotels Association of Sri Lanka Past President Srilal Miththapala has been invited to be guest speaker at the Jubilee celebrations of the Association of Employers in Croatian Hospitality on 23 and 24 November in Zagreb, to be held at the Sheraton Zag

SriLankan Airlines’ impactful marketing activations rewarded

Views - 43 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, in line with its expansion of operations in order to consolidate its presence in the region, has steered a series of impactful marketing activations which ha

Sri Lanka Tourism strikes all-time high at IFTM Top Resa 2017

Views - 223 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

The 39th edition of the world’s third largest travel show IFTM Top Resa 2017 took place in Paris, Porte De Versailles from 26-29 September.

Yala sacrificed, once again, for local political gain

Views - 396 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:45

The events of 9 November were predictable! The early opening of Yala and the sudden decision to curtail the number of jeeps entering it were a political scam to do nothing, at the expense of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), of the jeep

Mount Havana, Gampola’s hidden gem

Views - 98 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Located off the beaten track in the wilds of Gampola is a hidden gem of a boutique villa called Mount Havana. This five-bedroomed villa is set within 25 acres of tea and mixed crop land and aims to give guests an experience of untamed beauty and natu

An oasis of exclusivity at Jetwing Lighthouse Club

Views - 54 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:09

Galle is a historic city which echoes the remnants of a bygone era that has shaped the cultural heritage of the South for centuries. The colonial influence and the tropical environs invite many a traveller to explore the wondrous

Transfer passengers of Turkish Airlines discovering beauty of istanbul with stopover service

Views - 41 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:05

Turkish Airlines, the carrier that flies to the most countries in the world is expanding its scope of stopover service. Offering service to its transfer passengers that depart from Pakistan in March for the first time, after adding

New regulations on the way for adventure tourism

Views - 71 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:03

Steps are being taken to promulgate regulations related to all adventure tourism activities in Sri Lanka. Ten advisory committees have been appointed to each field of the adventure tourism service to set up international standards.

Canon Photomarathon Sri Lanka winner set to take on challenge at Photomarathon Asia in Japan

Views - 31 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:01

The winner of the 2nd Canon Photomarathon held in Sri Lanka recently won himself the opportunity to participate at the Canon Photomarathon Asia 2018, representing Sri Lanka and taking on the challenge in Japan.

Intellectual Property to help develop tourism sector: WIPO Study

Views - 61 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:01

Proper use of the country’s Intellectual Property (IP) tools coupled with a better branding strategy for Sri Lanka tourism would help the island achieve its sustainable development goals, a study by the World Intellectual Property

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Can President Sirisena save the SLFP-MS?

Friday, 24 November 2017

Will the Local Government election prove to be the “great fall” of the Humpty-Dumpty coalition, or will all the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men be able to put Yahapalana Humpty together again?

Celebrating top business performance

Friday, 24 November 2017

On Monday, awards to the top rankers of Business Today Top 30 – Best Banks and Companies were presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The annual Business Today awards ceremony organised by Business

Ceylon Tea: Time to take the spots off the lion?

Friday, 24 November 2017

It has been made known that the Sri Lanka Tea Board is now finalising plans to embark on an ambitious international promotional program to promote the tea produced in our country. We have no information available

Budget 2018: Will it help realise goals and targets of Vision 2025?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Budget 2018, besides being a budget for the forthcoming year, is another declaration of policies and plans of the Government in power. Goals The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) approved by the UN have been accepted as the goals of Budget 201

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